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EXFO Releases NQMSfiber 5.0 – Web-Based Fiber Plant Monitoring Solution for Centralized, Real-Time Network Surveillance and Improved Operation and Maintenance

July 7, 2008

QUEBEC CITY, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced today the release of NQMSfiber 5.0, a Web-based fiber monitoring solution with sophisticated functions for centralized fiber-optic network assurance enabling improved operation and maintenance.

This latest element management system (EMS) software release, which is also part of EXFO’s commitment to its Service Assurance business and product offering, offers the most complete range of features for all network applications in which optical fibers and cables are mission-critical. In particular, businesses connected to a fiber backbone through an access network have exacting demands for network availability and services. Without 24/7 proactive monitoring of fiber infrastructures, network service providers (NSPs) cannot preempt cable failures or respond to network degradation in due time.

NQMSfiber 5.0 is the only EMS software on the market in which all access and reporting functions are Web-based. Real-time alarm management and status monitoring functions are supported using applets that are fully integrated into Web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. Standard licensing provides access to as many as 20 users, whether they are connecting from inside or outside the corporate network.

Leveraging EXFO’s nearly 20 years of best in-class expertise and market leadership in optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), NQMSfiber combines leading-edge technology with innovative software. For example, the newly-improved Learning feature automatically sets fault-detection thresholds across a full dynamic range, thus rendering the optimization of the system very easy to achieve. Other advanced features include alarm management, scheduled reporting, trouble-ticket handling, and status view of a specific region or entire network on a two-dimensional map.

“This latest version of NQMSfiber delivers the intelligence that customers have been demanding from their fiber monitoring solutions and sets a new standard for remote fiber test systems,” said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President Product Management and Marketing. “The combined benefits of EXFO’s best-of-class OTDRs and automated functionalities within the most advanced fiber monitoring solution allow NSPs to avoid network disruptions or accelerate restoration time without the need for complex and time-consuming configurations.”

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of test and monitoring solutions for network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle – from design to technology deployment and onto service assurance – and covering all layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and next-generation, converged IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. For more information, visit http://www.exfo.com/.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

CONTACT: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext.3733, vance.oliver@exfo.com




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